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Friday, March 03, 2006

Arellano responds to allegations

Chris Arellano's campaign has responded to the allegations made by Adolfo Guzman Lopez on KPCC and reported by LAObserved and the Jewish Journal.

Here is the campaign's statement, in full:

Statement on Christopher Arellano’s Education Background:
Christopher Arellano dropped out of school in 8th grade in Phoenix, AZ.

After moving to Los Angeles, Christopher attended Los Angeles City College (LACC) from 1992-1995.

Christopher received his Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Theater Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2000. The administrative detail that had caused this degree to be placed “on hold” has been addressed and this information will be available after 4pm today.

Christopher attended the University of Southern California (USC) from 2001-2005 in the School of Social Work and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development as part of a dual degree program.

He has completed all requirements for his MSW (Masters in Social Work).

Christopher has also passed his comprehensive exams for the Masters in Policy, Planning, and Development. However, there is still one semester of coursework in this area that needs to be completed before USC will officially confer the dual degree.

Christopher graduated from the dual degree program in May 2005.
See photo attached.

Christopher Arellano completed his entire college and post-graduate education while working full-time.

Christopher has also earned training certificates in the following:

Anger Management Group Facilitation.

Cross Cultural Domestic Violence

Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Group Facilitation

Domestic Violence Law and Ethics

National Youth Projects Using Minibikes—NYPUM Instructor

To my eyes, it scarcely looks like the kind of "fudging" Guzman Lopez insinuated. I think Guzman Lopez should re-evaluate his source for the story---plainly he didn't check with the Arellano camp itself before running with it.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

You either have it or you don't...completing all course requirements for MSW and still needs one more semester of course work for dual masters means you don't have the diploma.

The more info you give this blog just brings more questions.

March 03, 2006 2:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris' own words:
"In my work as a representative for the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), as a counselor to at-risk youth at El Proyecto del Barrio, and as a former drop-out who has earned two Master’s Degrees, I have developed a unique understanding of the needs of our students."

Based on his statement today, this is simply a lie.

March 03, 2006 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Two degress short of absolute zero.

March 03, 2006 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Completing course work and graduating are not at all the same. "Fudging" is completely accurate considering Arrellano's statement.

I suppose it's easy to have an "inspiring" story if you make it up.

Until you post his diplomas, there is no reason to believe he is a graduate of anything.

March 03, 2006 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, Al Gore was President of the United States.

He was just five votes short on the Supreme Court.

March 03, 2006 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is the typical excuse used for this type of thing.

March 03, 2006 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is from his website:

"After dropping out of school as a young teenager, Christopher worked a series of low-paying jobs and moved on his own to Echo Park. He sought out an education at Los Angeles City College and has since completed a B.A. from UCLA and two Masters Degrees from USC-- one in Social Work and the second in Policy and Planning."

March 03, 2006 3:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

*** NEWS FLASH ***

Maria Elena Durazo is now the new boss at County Fed. It became official earlier today. You read it here first bitches!

March 03, 2006 3:28 PM  

Blogger PhilKrakover said:

This guy must lose for sheer stupidity. Did he not think his opponents would check it out?

I'd never vote for a dummy like this.

March 03, 2006 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This just goes to show how afraid the Antonio camp of Huizar, Monica Garcia are with the momentum Chris gained just this past weekend. No one knew who Monica was or cared and they loved the fact that Chris has done positive things working with the youth. This thread is being petty and desperately trying quickly to smear Chris but ITS TOO LATE....PEOPLE IN DISTRICT 2 LOVE HIM.

March 03, 2006 3:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Monica is going to regret leaking this story. Chris has come clean and I don't think the transgression means squat.

March 03, 2006 3:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Depends what the defintion of "completed" is..

March 03, 2006 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey mailander you slime...is that picture of Chris Cunanan even real? Why was it cropped just to show him?

Also, you guys totally overlooked that HIS GRAND THEFT CASE WAS STILL OPEN AND HE NEVER SERVED HIS SENTENCE or paid his fine EVEN AFTER HE "CHANGED" (into what??)


March 03, 2006 4:14 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Hey mailander you slime...is that picture of Chris Cunanan even real?

Of course.

Why was it cropped just to show him?

Mainly because the fact that people gave him hugs after his graduation did not seem germane to the matter at hand.

But also because I thought it fit best that way. The full shot is a simple snapshot.


That said, I'm really stunned that Guzman Lopez decided to swallow bait here and slime the guy on such a hair-splitting matter, apparently without asking for any explanations from the candidate himself, and certainly without reporting the technicalities. He made we who routinely believe him look foolish for much of the day.

I mean, whichever side you're on, you have to admit that the hairs were split far more finely than reported by Guzman, Roderick, and the Jewish Journal.

I used to think that when Guzman Lopez reported something, it was fairly certain---which is why I, having endorsed Arellano myself, raised the issue in the first place. Now I'm not so sure that Guzman Lopez plays so even-handedly.

Whoever wins and loses Tuesday will be Tuesday's news; but journalists feigning objectivity while playing into last-minute partisan stunts like this one risk breaching confidence with their audiences going forward.

March 03, 2006 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arellano is literally a liar and a thief.

This is who you want on the school board?

March 03, 2006 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, indeed parents want someone like Chris who he admitted made mistakes and who out there hasn't. The fact that he worked with the youth is what its all about. He's a very caring soul and that's why sooooooooo many people are now gravitating towards him. too bad Antonio, Jose and Monica Garcia had to resort to these negative attacks. Word already is that they backfired big time.

March 03, 2006 5:07 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

1. Convicted criminal -- TWICE
2. Lied about educational credentials

Yeah, let's put him in control of the county's educational system. Sounds like a great idea.

March 03, 2006 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This guy has enough education to qualify and I can't believe anybody here would bitch about it. Jesus, leave him alone. I would vote for him just for all the classes he did take and I don't even believe BA's are important, much less Master's degrees.

I don't live there and I can't vote for him, but if Antonio Villaraigosa is against him, that is reason enough for anyone to vote FOR him.

Who lies more than Villaraigosa?

March 03, 2006 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


KARMA IS A BITCH. YOU should be ashamed of yourself.

March 03, 2006 5:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know karma, but Maria Elena surely qualifies...

March 03, 2006 6:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for confirming that you are a total moron, Walter Moore.

You have proven again that white supremacy is false theory.

March 03, 2006 6:25 PM  

Blogger Sahra Bogado said:

I hope that Arellano is able to get some positive press about how close to the wire that "he doesn't have degrees" call is. I "graduated" before I finished my degree (I needed two or three more classes). It's too bad he didn't have this response ready to go before this "dirt" got released to the public (if you can call dragging yourself out of a bad situation and getting an education "dirt").

March 03, 2006 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD is a joke, and will remain a joke whether or not this union lackey gets elected.

March 03, 2006 7:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who better than this crook to join the rest of the crooks already at LAUSD.

March 03, 2006 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander, I always like your posts, but this guy is FRAUD, and you are dissapointing me!

I think all of this is very telling about the integrity of Mr. Arellano or whatever his name is.

1. He lied about the degrees he has. (Which says something about USC if they let him in without verifing his BA... but that's another story.)

2. He lied about his IDENTITY.

3. He lied about a criminal past.


This is his own doing not MAV or anyone from the Garcia camp. This guy is a disgrace, and certainly not worthy of the public trust that comes with public office.

March 03, 2006 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only ass wipes who don't think degrees are important are ones who did not have the self displine to complete that infamous "last semester" to graduate.

Some of stuck it out and finished. Whe got that piece of paper with the shiny university seal. it means something loosers.

March 03, 2006 8:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By the way... all of you Monica haters are the same ones who swore Huizar would lose or at the very least there would have been a runoff.

Show's what you know... Clearly Huizar had some pull with voters that won him an election out right.
This will rub off on Ms. Garcia.

Tuesday will tell... Remember my humble post.

March 03, 2006 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander you ugly spasm--

What part of HE'S A LYING SACK OF SHIT arent you understanding? You have a degree or you dont. You dotn freakin ALMOST have one, and if you say you have one, and you dont you are a lying sack of shit. You really look like a DUMBASS every time you make excuses and print cropped photos of aforementioned LYING SACK OF SHIT.
Besides, how hard wuold it be for Bainco's junkie photogtapher hubby to fake fake a photo?
Stir that cocktail, Martini..

PS, my husband's a mayor too

March 03, 2006 8:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:53 Clearly not that you can spell. Must have just been that passion. Congrats or graduating. I think.

March 03, 2006 8:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Most universitys let students "walk" at commencement ceremonies, it is not equivalent to a graduation MAILANDER!

March 03, 2006 9:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fer chrissakes, what the hell does pk gotta do to get you knuckleheads to start PAYING ATTENTION!! Start a blog?
OK! Fine! It's on


March 03, 2006 9:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

chris and antonio
both changed their names.
both drop-out of high school
both had trouble with law.
both were UTLA orginers.
both hated their fathers.
both love jackie goldberg.

March 03, 2006 9:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When was the last time UTLA lost a school board race they really went after?

March 03, 2006 10:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arellano has no business in this race. He has been discredited, and he has no one to blame but himself. He is a polished liar. I am telling you that I know him personally and he is a liar about this and a multitude of others. We have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

March 03, 2006 10:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Time served - time for good behavior - good behavior = thr teachers seemed to think he was doing a good job - a little slack??
not supporting lying - juat give the guy some credit for what he did right. The Jewish Journal running this story about an east side district - come on - what a pile of drek! start talking about what the takeover of the district is really about to some people -- big bucks to be made for for those already w/ megabucks...The big boys don't give a rats ass about helping those kids... big real estate deals = big campaign contributions and big is certainly
something Monica knows about...Maybe the kids need to be the ones running the board

March 04, 2006 1:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i've only met Christopher once so i can't say i really know him. i can say this. my first impression was "this person is a little crazy."

March 04, 2006 7:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think this is going to hurt Chris. The fact that he even went to USC and UCLA is an accomplishment when most of our students aren't even graduating. He made some mistakes but he's running for a school board seat because he cares about the kids. I heard last night at meetings this is not going to hurt him. Antonio, Monica and Jose all have such a bad reputation in Dictrict 2 they don't want another puppet. Tuesday will be interesting for sure.

March 04, 2006 7:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm enjoying the defenses of the Chrisophiles regarding his lying ways. After much parsing, the defense of his chronic problems with the truth come down to this:

WELL...(sputter)...AV IS A LIAR

I used to try that one when I was 3 years old. Didnt work too well. Lucky for many here, blogs are user friendly for 3 year olds.

March 04, 2006 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous said...

At that incident where Tony was defending his mom, a box cutter was recovered. Tony escaped prosecution only because the guy he slashed did not return to court. Anyone who grew up with Tony knows that this was his weapon of choice. In fact, in that Venice Room incident, the woman who claimed Tony assualted her was also slashed with a box cutter. Did Tony give these tips to Al Qaeda?

March 03, 2006 3:15 PM

March 04, 2006 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Other districts love Chris's vision too.

I will vote for chris
Skelton is spewing Latino envy among our culture

He hates Latinos, just wants their MONEY

March 04, 2006 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV-Huizar-Garcia camp spewing trash.


They are accuse bcuz this group did the same for their candidate AV. There is only room for one SOB Latino story and that is AV----They are greedy and envious. Won't let another Latino succeed in the arena, unless Chris promises to OK all of their pet projects at LAUSD.

Chris go ahead, meet with the pinchi chaparro envidioso Villaraigosa

March 04, 2006 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Skelton you get an "F" in Pimping News!

Let me edumacate you my friend.

We latinos come from society who has "low expectations for us" to enroll and attend college.

In our homes we view Chris as a bright beacon of hope for our youth. The recent actions of your team will cause many Latino families reminders of how society targets & hampers other's success.

It doesn't matter he missed a 2nd degree by x amount of credits. What matters is he overcame challenges in life, graduated high school and went to college.

If he can duplicate what he did with our children, we will be gratified.

2nd degree? Who cares. I'm happy he recieved a HS Diploma and went to college with one degree completed! Most of our Latino youth won't even make it past 9th grade. Huizar was in his position for years and drop out rate increased, and this under Monica's help. These people didn't sing the Drop Out rate problem song until parents began to complain after Harvard STudy came out to light. So you see, the only one that cares are those in the field who work with kids. Don't bring me a degree but no backbone in experience to back it up. Monica has experience and that is to create higher drop out rates!

March 04, 2006 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you know Arellano "personally" then tell us your name - it is omly fair - for all we know you could be monica's hairdresser.

March 04, 2006 7:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How did you guess? I'm her gay hairdresser and proud of it.

March 04, 2006 11:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arellano grad from High School
Has one degree, 2nd degree in question

Gloria Molina college dropout after one semester

Maria Elena Durazo College dropout

Antonio Villaraigosa 1.6 college GPA, did not pass bar

Who else?

Any other dropouts you care to mention bloggers?

March 04, 2006 11:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't Cindy Montanez a college dropout?

March 05, 2006 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh yeah, and Antonio graduated from an unaccredited law school.

March 05, 2006 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cindy Montanez...who is she?

AV attended unnacredited school?

March 05, 2006 8:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris Arellano? I knew this gay as Bianco for 8 years, and he is a CON ARTIST, liar, and would still the shirt off your back. Please someone get the FEDs or CIA on him. Just check into his past, and ask anyone he knew a few years ago, they will tell you what a low life he is. What a sham, he is pulling the wool over your heads!

March 06, 2006 5:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:17 Stop it Gasca...I know it's you. You're a moron Gasca...pathetic.

March 06, 2006 6:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris Arellano is an imposter. He has falsafied a background, and he is a complete fake. The UTLA is stupid to bring him into the race because the truth will bring them down. Why pick him, a fraud to represent them! I am a teacher an this is an insult to us and the kids. Please stop this LIAR, THEIF AND FRAUD!!!

March 07, 2006 9:50 AM  

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